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Safe Amalgam Fillings Removal

More and more patients are having their amalgam silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored fillings due to better aesthetics and other new benefits of composite resin fillings.

At dental clinics in Thailand, metal fillings replacement with composite resins may be removed safely. We follow specified guidelines adapted from International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) to reduce the exposure of potential mercury vapors that may be emitted during old amalgam fillings removal. The IAOMT is an non-profit organization that researches on biocompatibility of dental products.

BIDC seeks safest, less toxic way to perform dental treatment whilst accomplish the goals of modern dentistry. Following on best practices in the industry and holistic dental care, our dental clinic in Thailand encourages our dentists on the practice of mercury-free and mercury-safe dentistry. 

  1. Mercury-free : we therefore do not place silver mercury fillings
  2. Mercury-safe : we innovative safety measures whilst removing existing mercury fillings with non-mercury alternatives such as composite resin fillings
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Checkup and Consultation is Complimentary

If you have amalgam fillings, get a consultation on the safe removal of silver fillings with aesthetic tooth-colored fillings.

Safe Silver Fillings Replacement Steps

Amaglam metal fillings can be removed safely with steps that can be opted at our BIDC dental clinic in Thailand :

  1. Keeping the dental fillings cool
  2. Evacuator is kept near the tip of the removal site
  3. Use of external air source with oxygen tubes
  4. Use of rubber dam
  5. Immediate disposal of amalgam alloy Change of patient’s protective wear
  6. Keeping air in our treatment room purified

Protocol steps are based on The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)

External Oxygen  

Oxygen through nose tube

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Rubber dams

Covers mouth to work only on specific teeth

Air Disinfector

7 layer air disinfector unit to removes mercury vapours

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Reasons for Metal Fillings Removal

Amalgam silver fillings are typically composed of a mixture of mercury, silver, copper, tin, and sometimes zinc. Mercury fillings has traditionally being used in the past due to its economical and long-lasting properities. However, research and studies on dental amalgams has analyzed that it consisits of 45-55% elemental mercury*. As mercury is toxic, its use in silver fillings poses a concern to us.

  1. Mercury can accumulates in the body at any amount of mercury that can potentially cause health issues
  2. Dental mercury released into the environment can cause long-lasting damage to wildlife. 

Mercury Poisoning Symptoms

Mercury vapor can be emitted from dental amalgam fillings, absorbed and retained in the body. The output of mercury can intensiy by the number of silover fillings in your mouth and other factors such as amount of chewing, teeth-grinding, and the consumption of hot liquids. Mercury is also known to be released during the placement, replacement, and removal of dental amalgam fillings

Common mercury poisoning symptoms caused by elemental (metallic) mercury vapor may include:

  • Acrodynia : loss of appetite, general weakness, skin changes, emotional instability
  • Cognitive impairments : memory loss, decrease in mental function
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Psychological issues : mood swings, anger, depression, irritability, and nervousness
  • Excessive shyness : social withdrawal

Toxic effects of this mercury exposure vary by individual.

Conclusion – Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings can be removed safely and easily within one to two dental visits at BIDC dental clinics. These fillings may be requested to be replaced with tooth-colored fillings for peace of mind and improved teeth aesthetics. To safely removed amalgam fillings, additional precautionary safety steps and mechanisms may be opted for individuals that may be sensitive to metals or allergens.

Read more on reference source for Dental Mercury Facts : IAMOT 

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